COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)

COVID-19 Resources

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Kansas Data

Positive Cases: 744,493

Deaths: 7,716

Hospitalizations: 18,491

MIS-C cases: 22

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The 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is a virus strain that was newly identified at the end of 2019.  An outbreak was caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. The outbreak spread across the country, and the world. 

This is an ongoing investigation and information is changing rapidly. And the Coronavirus emergency is a reminder of the essential role Community Health Centers perform in ensuring the health and strength of our communities.

Community Care offers this page as a resource to guide health care providers to accurate sources of information at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others.

What are the symptoms?

People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported symptoms such as difficulty breathing, coughing and fever that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

In severe cases, infection can cause bronchitis, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. From what we know so far, illness seems to be more severe in older individuals and in people with other health conditions, although younger people are being affected as well.

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and have had contact or believe you have had contact with someone who has a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider.

Better yet, just get vaccinated.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

As the risk to the general public increased, stay-at-home orders, mask-wearing and the practice of social distancing proved effective. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials worked with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases. Travelers to and from certain areas of the world still may be at increased risk. The same holds true for those visiting Kansas counties with community spread, although almost all have moderate spread at this point.

The virus is spread between people who are within about 6 feet of each other for at least 10 minutes through droplets from coughing and sneezing.

How can I avoid getting COVID-19?

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Take the following steps to minimize your risk:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If unvaccinated, distance yourself from others when in public, especially if you are a senior or have a medical condition that puts you in a high-risk category.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask when in public. Learn more about children and masks.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.

How is COVID-19 treated?

There currently are 3 different vaccines approved in the United States under Emergency Use Authorization to protect against COVID-19 (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).